So, Fall Fun Series year two final grade for one Miss Finger Candy? C minus. You know, if she could just buckle down and stop talking to everyone and everything she’s seated beside, she could really turn this year around (nothing my parents ever heard during parent-teacher conferences, nosiree!)
Okay, so I whiffed the Fall Fun Series. With the exception of series MVP Michelle of Melting With Michelle (who continued posting even during the lead-up to her end-of-October wedding!) we all dropped the ball a little as work and family obligations and unfortunate, unexpected problems with both derailed some of our best blogging intentions. And while I can’t speak for the other participants, I simply wasn’t feeling the autumn spirit this year (at least not until my spur-of-the-moment Halloween trip to Disney World; funny that it took leaving my cool weather, leaf-strewn home for Florida’s “faux” Fall for me to regain that spark.)
But I also have much to be thankful for as the autumn draws to a close. Great friends, close family, neato husband, snuggly cat, a roof over my head, comfort and safety. Also an arse that no longer requires its own postal stamp. And without trying to sound too conceited (but probably failing) I like to think I have at least some of those good things in my life because I worked hard to achieve them. Luck always plays a role, but so does effort and determination.
And so the second-to-last Fall Fun Series prompt was to thank yourself for something good you’ve done for you, yourself and I. For me, that was taking a hard, critical look at my lifestyle choices and realizing that if I didn’t turn things around, I was going to wind up the very definition of a life unfinished. My world had petrified, and I was in dire need of a swift kick in the pants.
So I kicked those pants, really kicked ’em into high gear, and many months later I’m feeling healthier, wealthier and more wise than I have in about a decade (well, maybe not wealthier; increased activity does not always come cheaply, particularly if your activity of choice is visiting Disney.)
And so today I’m thankful for having seen the diabetes forest for the trees, for having pulled back what was barreling towards irrevocable and for putting me first. Sounds selfish, but by not taking care of myself, I was relegating absolutely everyone else in my life to the bottom of the list. Actions speak louder than words and all that not-so trite stuff, and what my actions were saying was that nobody else mattered, because I hardly mattered. I’m thankful for having rejoined the human race so I can share this weird, maddening world with you all. 🙂
Au revoir, Fall.